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Patricia Routledge in Three Portraits (A Woman of No Importance / A Lady of Letters / Miss Fozzars Finds Her Feet)


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Editorial Reviews

Poignant funny warm tragic - the acclaimed monologues of Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) crackle with wry observations knowing irony and tender understanding. In superb performances Patricia Routledge reaches beneath the surface to reveal unexpected secrets. In these compelling stories what is left unsaid is almost as important as the most intimate revelation.Running Time: 123 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA UPC: 794051191526

Special Features

  • Contains three monologues written by Alan Bennett:
  • Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (from "Talking Heads 2")
  • A Lady of Letters (from "Talking Heads")
  • A Woman of No Importance
  • "A Visit From Miss Prothero" bonus play (37 mins.)
  • Alan Titchmarsh Interviews Alan Bennett and Patricia Routledge (1192, 21 mins.)
  • Cast/Writer bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Bennett, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith
  • Directors: Giles Foster
  • Writers: Alan Bennett
  • Producers: Innes Lloyd, Ralph Wilton
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TG8VQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Patricia Routledge in Three Portraits (A Woman of No Importance / A Lady of Letters / Miss Fozzars Finds Her Feet)" on IMDb

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Excellent job by writer and performer!
Bert
These three little portraits do the same and they are brought to life by brilliant performances by Patricia Routledge.
Roger L. Sayer
She completely understands the characters she inhabits and makes his writing seem totally natural and real.
lucinda

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By joseph4368 on January 28, 2004
I'm one of a few Americans blessed with a multi-system VHS/DVD player so I was able to view these monologues in their original UK VHS import release.
These are 3 monologues written by Alan Bennett...they were originally produced for a BBC TV series called Talking Heads.
The monologues are 30 minutes in length each and are very entertaining and engaging.
Included are:
MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET:
A lady has an affair with a chiropodist
A LADY OF LETTERS:
A lonely busy body who keeps occupied by writing letters to complain about everything and everybody.
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE:
A woman's life changes after she is 20 minutes late for lunch.
All these monologues show Patricia Routledge performing at her best...and what a range of tallent she has.
If your looking for Hyacinth...stick to Keeping up Appearances...but if you want to see Patricia in a range of emotion in some very interesting and entertaining monologues then this DVD is a must for any Patricia Routledge or British tv fan.
Just a note:
Talking Heads and Talking Heads 2 is available from Amazon UK in two 3 cd box sets and is worth purchasing also...it's a great listen with many more monologues included and performed by some of the UK's best female actors: Eileen Atkins, Thora Hird,
Stephanie Cole, Julie Walters and many more.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2005
"I can't say the service was up to scratch. It smacked of the conveyor belt. In fact, I wrote to the crematorium. I said I thought the hallmark of a ceremony of that nature was reverence, whereas the word that kept coming to my mind was 'brisk.' Moreover, I added, grief-stricken people do not expect to emerge from the chapel of rest to find grown men skulking in the rhododendron with tab ends in their mouths. If the hearse drivers must smoke, then facilities should be provided. I'd heard good things about this crematorium but I hoped that they would agree with me that on this occasion it had let itself down." And with that, Miss Ruddock, a lonely middle-aged woman, has written another of her many letters. Soon, her letters will change her life, and not for the better.

This is one of three, 30-minute monologues written by Alan Bennett for Patricia Routledge. They are part of a series of monologues Bennett wrote for the BBC under the title Talking Heads and Talking Heads II. This excerpt is from A Lady of Letters. Another on this disc is A Woman of No Importance, where Miss Schofield is late to lunch and visits her doctor. The third is Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet. Miss Fozzard works in a department store and finds her life changed when her brother has a stroke. It changes even more when she visits a chiropodist.

In my view, Bennett is one of Britain's great playwrights to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century. His Talking Heads series may seem like an interminable idea...actors playing characters who relate their stories while talking to the camera for thirty minutes each. In fact, these stories are engrossing. If you enjoy writing that can be funny and tragic at the same time, give these a try.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on March 16, 2005
Many of my of you state side will no doubt recognise Miss Routledge form "Kepping up Appearances" in which she played the social climbing Hyacinth Bucket "Bouquet". These poignant and touching monologues demonstrate the range of her acting skill.

Originally shown as part of a series called, "Talking Heads" and "Talking Heads 2", they are enthralling works.

I would recommend you see all these works featuring other actors such as the late Thora Hird, Penelope Wilton and Julie Walters. The plays were considered so good and important, they now feature on the national school circulum in England for English studies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara B. on June 21, 2006
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I already was familiar with Routledge from her television roles as Hyacinth Bucket and Hetty Wainthrope, but I hadn't realized what a great actress she was until I saw the three one-woman shows in this set. Absolutely incredible! I can understand how some might find it slow. There isn't any "action" or fast clip editing ... just profound character development which showcased the talent of both Routledge and playwright Alan Bennett.

I was greatly moved by all three portraits. My only disappointment was with a fourth "bonus" performance put on as an DVD extra. The writing and acting were both sensational, but I just didn't like the character Routledge played. But other than that, this was one of the best DVD performances I've ever watched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. Sayer on October 22, 2009
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Alan Bennett has the unusual knack of capturing moods of everyday people. Whenever I see or read any of his works I'm reminded of people I have known. These three little portraits do the same and they are brought to life by brilliant performances by Patricia Routledge.
This isn't wizz-bang viewing but comfortable armchair stuff that grips the mind and sets it pondering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Simpson on July 17, 2011
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If you like Patricia Routledge as "Hyacinth", you will LOVE this DVD. She is fantastic playing all 3 characters. After each segment, I just went "WOW" - she is great!!!
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By lucinda on January 30, 2015
Patricia Routledge is like Alan Bennetts muse. She is the PERFECT actor to deliver his beautiful writing. She completely understands the characters she inhabits and makes his writing seem totally natural and real. She plays, in his monologues, very particular types of women. All from a particular class with particular interests and particular world views. Routledge is the master of playing these roles without commenting on the characters or mocking them. They are so beautifully performed. Its watching great art at work. The art of the ordinary.The art of storytelling. This is very highly recommended but please be careful if you think it going to be anything like KEEPING UP APPEARANCES. That is farce. This is drama. Drama with humour and gentleness but drama never the less. Bravo to both of them.
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